Welcome to Isle Madame Historical Society & LeNoir Forge Museum
The Isle Madame Historical Society is a non-profit organization devoted to
collecting and presenting the rich history of the local area.
Isle Madame has a proud history and heritage which dates back over two centuries. It is believed the island was named in honor of Madame De Maintenon, the second wife of Louis XIV. The first permanent settlement dates back to 1713.
Isle Madame is an island located at the southern-most tip of beautiful Cape Breton
Island and is made up of several small communities. See Map
Our site is made up of a Genealogy Centre, Community Archives, The LeNoir Forge Museum, The Boat Barn containing exhibits and information on our seafaring past, a gift shop and other shanties used for exhibits. Throughout each summer season we hold a variety of events that are open to the public.
The Isle Madame Historical Society’s mission is to collect, preserve and exhibit artifacts and documents relating to the social, cultural and natural history of Isle Madame for the education and enjoyment of present and future generations.